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By pamelajean
Firstly, I'd like to thank Bruffy for the GEA and JustDucky for her UA on my Two Tuscawilla Tigresses. Thankyou Mark and Tammy.

I know they're Lupins, but thought I'd give them the Texas State Flower name.
I took loads of shots of these at West Dean Gardens (situated in the rolling folds of the South Downs National Park in Chichester). Unfortunately, most were backed by large white greenhouses, so I had to change the backgrounds.
Also known as Quaker Bonnet, Old Maid's Bonnet and Jackrabbit, the lupin is a tall ornamental herbaceous perennial with flowers on dense open whorls with a typical peaflower shape.
The protein-rich beans are edible and have long been cultivated for cattle fodder.

The name 'Lupin' derives from the Latin word lupinus or lupus (meaning wolf), and was given with regard to the fact that many found the plant had a tendency to ravage the land on which it grew.
It was thought that the lupin WOLFED down the nutrients from the ground, whereas it actually fertilizes the land around it.
The peas, which appear after the flowering period, were also said to be fit only for the consumption of wolves.


Tags: Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated Pea Wildlife and nature Lupini Legume Cultivated and wild

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franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
7 May 2012 2:53PM
This is beautiful Pamela.


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7 May 2012 2:58PM
lovely vibrant colours!
Very well taken image with very good colours and detail, lovely comp, super shot. 10+++

SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
7 May 2012 3:07PM
Vibrant and clear, and so well put together. This just jumps off the page.
PinkK 7 80 1 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 3:11PM
Lovely vivid colour
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 3:26PM
Glorious complementary colours. I love the way the flower heads seem to be in a world of green.
PattiW 11 24 2 United States
7 May 2012 3:28PM
Gorgeous color and detail and they show so well against that pretty BG, Patti
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 3:38PM
Beautiful flowers and the background colours work very well SmileSmile
7 May 2012 3:39PM
Absolutely stunning image, the background is just perfect.
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
7 May 2012 3:40PM
A superb presenation of these beautiful lupins, Pamela, and interesting to see where you took the image, West Dean wasn't very far from my old stomping ground of Findon Village. Carol
Ayoob 5 Australia
7 May 2012 3:44PM
Gorgeous shot ,superb detail and colour...........Grin
Paul_cats 10 61 22 Scotland
7 May 2012 4:07PM
Superb image and beautifully presented. Great work to change the bg too!
Cor 7 Belgium
7 May 2012 4:08PM
Splendid colourfeast *****Smile
7 May 2012 4:11PM
Top class image well done

7 May 2012 4:12PM
Beautiful!! lovely tones with lots of detail.

WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
7 May 2012 4:18PM
Excellent choice of background Pamela, works so well with the colour contrast. I used to grow quite a few of these on my plot but unfortunately they are also a tasty delicacy for the slugs and snails.

RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
7 May 2012 4:36PM
Wonderful floral shot, Pamela, and these colours in the "bluebonnets" sit so comfortably against that chosen b/g tone.
Beautiful work.
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
7 May 2012 4:55PM
Beautiful coloured Lupin,with great maching Back ground.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
7 May 2012 5:11PM
Simply beautiful Pamela, I love those bright colours and the green background works a treat
7 May 2012 5:40PM
A lovely Floral image Pam', certainly stands out in the crowd.

John Smile
wonkers 7 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 6:07PM
Beautiful flowers lovely b/g colour.

dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 6:19PM
beautifully captured with nice bg and colours Pam
bunbeam 11 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 6:54PM
superb, just love the depth, and of course the colours
Wow, eye catching vibrancy.. Love the b/g which really compliments the lupins stunning
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 8:08PM
That is one very impressive image again Pamela
the detail and colour a real wow of a shot
imagio 10 12 1 England
7 May 2012 9:49PM
Wow spectacular Pamela..
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
7 May 2012 10:33PM
A great image Pamela--- Love your additional bg!
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
7 May 2012 11:33PM
Has an almost 3D effect here Pamela !!
Wonderful colours.
Excellent shot.
posty57 8 6 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 6:12AM
Absolutely gorgeous !!

8 May 2012 7:52AM
Outstanding - absolutely brilliant image.
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 8:47AM
I never knew that - how interesting. Really good composition and the bg works very well and helps them stand out. Paul
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
8 May 2012 2:12PM
Very beautiful and colourful, Pamela, and contrasts very well against that background Smile
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snappersue 8 11 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 7:15PM
They are beautiful flowers and well captured. Sue
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
8 May 2012 8:15PM
Glorious vibrant colours Pamela - excellent floral image.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
9 May 2012 1:46PM
Holy cow...I think this is one of your most striking and arresting floral images, Pamela. The colours and composition are simply wonderful. Such perfect backgrounding too. Marvellous...

fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
9 May 2012 4:16PM
A gaudy in yer face image but it works well for me.

Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
9 May 2012 6:52PM
Superb image and info Pamela.
NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
10 May 2012 10:58PM
Another lovely presentation Pamela,and thanks for the info on mine.
A really superb image Pamela with beautiful colours.

Billyray 8 70 3 United Kingdom
15 May 2012 9:49PM
Excellent work Pamela. Superb colours and detail with a cracking description.
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
19 May 2012 10:53AM
Your flower profiles cannot be bettered Pamela . I love them all . A good job they all have a latin name or you could get well confused with all the country names . I just love the different backgrounds for your flowers xxxx
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
20 May 2012 11:39AM
Having lived in Texas since 1980, I immediately picked up on the name, and immediately knew they weren't real bluebonnets Wink Beautifully photographed Pamela, with wonderful detail.

If you ever make it to Texas in the spring, I'll show you some of the fields of blue near my home -but one gets in the bluebonnets with care as there are often rattlesnakes hiding in there.........

21 May 2012 7:35AM
What a lovely composition and good dof to show off these beautiful flowers. A
senn Plus
5 4 1 Belgium
24 May 2012 6:30PM
fabulous !..
Tibetan 4 3 England
4 Jul 2012 4:32AM
Brilliantly presented, regards Leon.WinkGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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